Track & Field Kicks off Home Outdoor Opener with Weems Baskin
COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 23, 2023) – South Carolina Track & Field will play host to its first of three outdoor home meets, beginning with the Weems Baskin Relays this weekend at the Sheila and Morris Cregger Track. The meet will be the only two-day home meet of the outdoor season and will begin on Friday and conclude Saturday afternoon.
Follow the Meet
Live results for the Weems Baskin Relays can be found by clicking the following link. Fans can also follow along with updates on Twitter by following @GamecockTrack.
Know Before You Go
Sheila and Morris Cregger Track does have a CLEAR BAG POLICY that is in effect. Learn everything you need to know about the Clear Bag Policy by clicking here. There is also a WATER BOTTLE POLICY for all patrons and that is: one clear, plastic disposable water bottle is permitted. No hard, non-clear refillable bottles are allowed inside the facility. Also, for fans in attendance, there is a STRICT no outside food or beverage policy for any and all patrons.
The 2023 Weems Baskin Relays features 35 total teams, including the likes of: Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Marshall, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Troy and Virginia Tech. The two-day meet will begin on Friday with doors opening at 10 a.m. The first event on Friday will be the women’s hammer throw at noon, with the first track event being the women’s 400m at 4 p.m. Saturday doors will open at 8 a.m. with both the track and the field events starting at 10 a.m. The final event will be the coveted 4x400m relays with the women running at 3:50 p.m. and the men running at 4:05 p.m.
On returning home and competing at the Sheila and Morris Cregger Track:
“We had a good opening meet in the Bahamas with a lot of personal bests and a couple of Top-10 program marks. The team had a good time and got to showcase what it takes to be a Division I track & field athlete at such a high level. But nothing beats being able to run at home on your own track and sleep in your own beds. We have had a good week of practice and we are excited to compete at our own track against a strong field of competition. The outdoor season is just getting started and we have to build some momentum and keep it rolling.”
Running in the Bahamas
The Gamecocks finished fourth in both the men and women’s team standings at the Island Relays Bahamas. Carolina produced a handful of quality results on both the men and women’s side. On the opening day, newcomer Sylvia Chelangat stole the show when she ran the fastest 800m time in the NCAA this outdoor season with a mark of 2:05.99. That time ranks second in program history and earned her the title of SEC Women’s Freshman Runner of the Week. Teammate Jayla Jamison also picked up a win in her first outdoor meet of the season, doing so in the women’s 200m after running 23.28. On the men’s side, EJ Richardson picked up his first win of the season in the 400m when he clocked 47.01.
Saturday’s finale featured five combined wins for Carolina. Anthony Greenhow claimed the men’s 100m after stopping the clock at 10.66, while Rogerio Amaral secured the gold when he ran 3:54.80 in the men’s 1500m. The final win on the men’s side was none other than Filip Demsar, running 14.15 in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. On the women’s side of competition, Svenja Sommer captured gold in the women’s 1500m to secure the clean sweep for Carolina, running 4:35.25. The final win for the Gamecocks came in the 4x800m relay with the team of Elena Kelety, Chelangat, Kieley Gayle and Grace Zamrowski running 8:56.91 – the fifth fastest 4x800m relay in Gamecock history.